It’s been said before, but needs to be repeated often…breakfast is the most important meal of the day, without question. We all know how important it is to limit fat, cholesterol, sugar, calories and salt to lower our risk of heart attacks, stroke and diabetes. Fast food and junk food are the biggest culprits, and with the holiday season looming and Thanksgiving right around the corner, overeating is a huge challenge too. But could you ever imagine, that a fast food breakfast sandwich could be better for your health than skipping breakfast altogether?
Though a fast food breakfast sandwich is packed with extra fat, cholesterol, salt and calories, you could be doing more long term damage by not eating at all, if your consistent preferred morning routine doesn’t include food. A new 2012 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition noted that of an amazing 29,000 men, over the course of 19 years, those who consistently did not eat breakfast had a 21% higher risk for Type 2 diabetes, which researchers believe can be linked to a morning meal helping to keep blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.
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Research has also found that skipping breakfast contributes to a pretty low-performance day, including less energy, worse moods and poorer memory; and even more serious is the 450% more likely risk of obesity, which in turn adds risk for a whole list of other serious health issues. Alternately, 80% of participants in a National Weight Control Registry study who lost 30 or more pounds and kept it off for a year or longer, eat breakfast regularly. Lean protein, whole grains and fiber are the best categories to stick to for healthy breakfasts, and doing so can help you consume an average of 100 less calories per day, which is the equivalent of 10 pounds per year!
So even on Thanksgiving morning, break out the yogurt, slice a banana, or pour some milk over whole grain, low sugar cereal. Whatever you choose to eat for breakfast, you’ll be doing your body a great favor (and it will be easier to control those extra serving of Thanksgiving dessert urges later in the day)!